Does Lanny McDonald Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

66 goals in season. A classic Old Guy Who Won a Stanley Cup. Scored 40 goals three seasons in a row for the Leafs. That mustache.

Sounds like he should be in, right? But McDonald was not a point-a-game player and he actually only had 4 really good seasons. (Seriously.)

So does Lanny McDonald belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame? Listen to us discuss his case here:

Hall of Fame Class of 1992: Lanny McDonald, Woody Dumart, Bob Gainey, Marcel Dionne

Lanny McDonald’s Career:

  • NHL: 1973-89; 15 seasons, 11 quality
  • Totals:
    • 500G (14th All Time at his retirement),
    • 506A for
    • 1006P (23rd All Time at his retirement),
    • +39 in
    • 1111 Games;
    • 84.2 PS
  • Draft: McDonald, drafted 4th overall in 1973, is
    • 1st in Goals
    • 4th in Assists
    • 2nd in Points (1st Forward)
    • 8th in Plus/Minus
    • 2nd in Point Shares (1st Forward)
    • 2nd in Games
  • Era: Of the 28 Skaters to play in at least 902 games (11 modern seasons), McDonald is
    • 2nd in Goals (behind by 163…)
    • 3rd in GPG
    • 10th in Assists
    • 16th in APG
    • 6th in Points
    • 8th in PPG
    • 16th in Plus/Minus
    • 5th in Offensive Point Shares
    • 18th in Defensive Point Shares (8th Forward)
    • 8th in Point Shares
  • 82-game average: 37G, 37A for 75P, +3
  • 3-year peak (1975-78): 80-game average of 46G, 49A for 95, +25 [McDonald’s 5 best seasons are 8 years apart so this makes him look worse]
  • No possession stats
  • Playoffs:
    • 44G,
    • 40A for 
    • 84P,
    • -12 in
    • 117 Games
    • Era: Of the 89 skaters to play in at least 82 playoff games between 1973 and 1989, McDonald is
      • 17th in playoff Goals
      • 14th in playoff GPG
      • 38th in playoff Assists
      • 46th in playoff APG
      • 27th in playoff Points
      • 26th in playoff PPG
      • 80th in playoff Plus/Minus
  • Adjusted:
    • Hockey-Reference:
      • 412G,
      • 424A for
      • 836P
      • 82-game average: 30G 31A for 62P (-13P in 8 games)
      • Per Game: obviously not in the Top 25
    • VsX:
      • 435G
      • Assists: doesn’t qualify
      • 831P
      • Per Game: obviously not in the Top 25
  • Trades:
    • Traded at 26 with Joel Quenneville (21) to the Rockies for Pat Hickey (26) and Wilf Paiement (24)
    • Traded at 28 with a 1981 4th Rounder to the Flames for Don Lever (31) and Bob MacMillan (28)

Lanny McDonald’s Accomplishments:

  • Masterton (‘83)
  • Clancy (‘88)
  • Top Player:
    • Top 5 Offensive Player twice (‘77, ‘83)
    • Top 10 Offensive Player four times (‘78, ‘79)
  • Goals:
    • Leader-boards:
      • Top 5 in Goals three times
      • Top 10 in Goals four times
    • GPG leader-boards:
      • Top 5 in GPG three times
      • Top 10 in GPG four times
    • Single-season totals:
      • 65 goals once (1 of only 12 players ever, 8 at his retirement)
      • 45 goals three times (1 of only 25 players at his retirement)
      • 40 goals six times (1 of only 23 players ever, 11 at his retirement)
      • 35 goals eight times (1 of only 22 players ever, 10 at his retirement)
      • 30 goals nine times (1 of only 19 players at his retirement)
      • 25 goals ten times (1 of only 24 players at his retirement)
  • Assists:
    • 50 assists once
    • 40 assists seven times
  • Points:
    • Leader-boards:
      • Top 10 in Points twice
    • PPG leader-boards:
      • Top 10 in PPG twice
    • Single-season totals:
      • 90 points three times
      • 80 points seven times (1 of only 20 players at his retirement)
      • 70 points nine times (1 of only 21 players at his retirement)
      • 60 points ten times
  • All Star:
    • 2nd Team All Star twice
    • 4 All Star Game appearances
  • Vs X Peak:
    • Best 7 Seasons:
      • Goals: 79th All Time
      • Assists: doesn’t qualify
      • Points: 150th All Time
    • Best 10 Seasons:
      • Goals: 78th All Time
      • Assists: doesn’t qualify
      • Points: 145th All Time

Lanny McDonald’s Great Teams:

  • NHL:
    • Top 3 Forward (by points) on one Runner Up (‘86 Flames) and one Final Four (‘78 Leafs)
    • Injured (missed over ⅓ of the games) on one Champion (‘89 Flames)
  • Canada Cup:
    • Role Player (by points) on one Champion (‘76 Canada)

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